The Democratic Alliance (DA) party has found a reason to celebrate Minister Angie Motshekga and it has everything to do with President Jacob Zuma’s ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Quite recently, the party affirmed thus:
“It is clear that, whichever way you look at it, Minister Motshekga is failing in her statutory obligation…We urge President Zuma to put this under-performing Minister on terms. If she cannot turn around schools that serially under-perform, she does not deserve to be the Minister of Basic Education.”
That was after the last matric results engendered analysis which revealed that 38 schools have under-performed in matric in the last past five years.
Now, the DA is celebrating Minister Angie Motshekga for telling President Jacob Zuma’s ex-wife that she’s talking rubbish about schools being used to wage a sustained anti-ANC propaganda campaign.
Last week, DA called on the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to defend public schools against Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s attack. According to the Party, “ANC Presidential-hopeful Dlamini-Zuma claimed that it was not surprising that learners thought the ANC was corrupt and useless, because (that’s) what they were being taught at school.
Dlamini-Zuma was quoted to have said:
“The kids are actually taught against the ANC…It’s not surprising that kids will think the ANC is corrupt‚ or that the ANC is useless, because this is what they are fed at school.”
DA pointed out that Dlamini-Zuma’s sentiment was a direct attack on Minister Motshekga because it’s the Minister’s job to ensure that the curriculum is appropriate and that schools are not politicized.
Minister Angie Motshekga picked it up from there and issued a statement which said:
“The department does not allow for a teaching and learning environment where individuals or organizations are misrepresented and/or ridiculed…
It must be stressed that where such isolated incidents have taken place, these do not arise as a result of a defined norm or practice of a particular school, nor a dictate from the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS).
It is rather individual teachers who tend to do so, hence the swift action against such individual teachers.”
Reacting to the Minister’s statement, DA asserted that it was a “polite way of saying that Dlamini-Zuma was talking rubbish.”
“The DA welcomes Minister Angie Motshekga’s repudiation of ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s claims that schools are waging a sustained anti-ANC propaganda campaign.
“(We) requested Minister Motshekga to set Dlamini-Zuma straight on what is being taught at public schools, and we are glad that she has done so,” Maimane’s party stated.
Thereafter, DA upheld that the ANC is super-corrupt and, that one has to listen to ANC’s leaders like Ahmed Kathrada, Pravin Gordhan, Mcebisi Jonas, Thabo Mbeki, Barbara Hogan, Kgalema Motlanthe and many others to understand how corrupt the ANC has become.
“If learners believe that the ANC is corrupt, it is not because of an anti-ANC propaganda campaign being waged in public schools. It is because evidence of ANC corruption is all around us.
“Well done to Minister Motshekga for putting Dlamini-Zuma in her place,” added DA.